Wednesday 3 February, 2021

2 Corinthians 1:12-22

12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity[a] and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that, 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus. 15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”? 18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[b] and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Making plans is good. It’s part of being intentional in serving God. So long as I remember that God calls me to walk with him, where he’s going (Micah 6:8), not to take him where I’m going. Jesus calls me to follow him first. My plans are fragile, but God’s plans aren’t. “No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.” (v20)

I often wonder why God entrusts the gospel of life to unreliable messengers like me. What if I get cold feet? What if I jumble it up and confuse it? What if I get it wrong? Ironically, questions like that increase the chance that I’ll get cold feet or garble the message.

It’s a good thing that God’s thoughts are not my thoughts, and his ways are not my ways. God says, “my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:8,11)

I need to be reminded that God gives me a part in what he’s doing in the world. But his plans aren’t dependent on me. He will save all sorts of people in my life even if I get cold feet or mess things up. Though I may miss out on the joy of being part of it.

That’s liberating. I can be more confident when I know that the Holy Spirit will say far more significant things than anything I might say. Knowing that it depends on what Jesus did frees me from the fear that I will do it wrong.

Lord, I want to walk with you in your plans rather than mine. I want to be part of what you’re doing. Holy Spirit, use me to speak your words of grace. Thank you for the places we’ll go together today.

Written by David Cornell

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